Q & A with Keari Bell-Gawne!

Posted December 4, 2019

What is your role at ILLUME?

I’m a Managing Consultant.

Where are you from and where do you live now? 

I’m from the northern suburbs of Chicago, and now I live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Who or what inspires you in your work? 

I love a good problem space. I like cutting to the core of the issues and finding a north star to orient around. I like seeing the tendrils of variables associated with a core dilemma or problem and how they all intersect. I’m also just fascinated by people and always have been. I like thinking about how our values, point of views, schema, etc. influence how we use and think about energy.

Do you have any pets? 

I do! Her name is Ami (short for Amaterasu, a wolf-god in a video game. It is also a god in the Shinto religion, but I didn’t know that until after we named her). She is a stubby legged, wolf-looking, 25lb girl that we adopted from a shelter in China.

What are your favorite hobbies? 

Powerlifting, water coloring, cooking, and video games.


What’s your favorite quote or motto? 

Ron Swanson’s “never half-ass two things, when you can whole-ass one thing.” I believe in this principle wholeheartedly, especially in research. Focus on the core root of what matters, and do that really, really well.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

A cashier at a grocery store. So monotonous.

What is the best concert you ever attended? 

Honestly, I have a love for seeing friends’ shows, so just little local things. My favorite is probably my friend Marcus’ band, Pet Symmetry. A fun pop-punk band from Chicago.

What is your superpower? 

Reading between the lines.

If you could have chosen another career path, what would you be doing? 

Either politics or a hobby farm, ha ha. Look up miniature Jersey cows. A-dorable.